Mrs Peta Forder

Academic Statistician

Faculty of Health and Medicine

Career Summary

Biography

Since 2010, I have been employed as an academic statistician within the Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing (RCGHA) at the University of Newcastle.

I am involved with research using data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health (ALSWH), Australia’s largest longitudinal study on women focused on health and well-being.  In 1996, this study recruited more than 40,000 women  from three different cohorts (born 1921-1926, 1946-1951 and 1973-1978) and 2013, ALSWH finalised the recruitment of over 15,000 women into a new cohort (born 1989-1995). I am involved with research relating to the 1921-1926 cohort (topics: asthma; mental health; social functioning; hospitalisation with stroke and disabilities; constipation; faecal and urinary incontinence), as well as research relating to the 1973-1978 cohort (topics: perinatal mental health; alcohol consumption during pregnancy; intimate partner violence; maternal health).  I am also involved with research using the 45 & Up Study data, specifically the Social, Economic and Environmental Factors (SEEF) sub-study and the Life Histories and Health (LHH) sub-study. I have successfully transitioned to public health research, actively contributing to the research output of the RCGHA (ie. papers, reports, student supervision, etc). In recent years, this work has culminated in several publications and I am currently involved in the preparation of other manuscripts relating to the ALSWH data.

Prior to my appointment at the RCGHA, I was employed as a statistician at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre (CTC), University of Sydney. During my time at the CTC, I was primarily involved in cardiovascular and oncology related research. Initially I was employed as a junior statistician, conducting analysis for the LIPID study.  However, I became the senior statistician for the FIELD study in 2000.  This trial was completed in 2005 and I coordinated the analysis for the final report and primary results paper.  I was also involved with various cancer trials groups after 2005. I was the consultant statistician for the NSW Clinical Trials Partnership (an initiative between the CTC and the NSW Cancer Institute to promote clinical trials in cancer areas) and served as the group statistical advisor for trials within the Australasian Lung Cancer Trials Group (ALTG) operations committee. I was heavily involved with the teaching opportunities presented at the CTC, taking on a coordinator’s role in 2003-2007 for many of the professional development courses offered by the CTC.  I also participated in the delivery of several Masters level subjects offered within the School of Public Health.

Research Expertise

As a biostatistician, I have worked in a range of health research settings. I currently work within the Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing at the University of Newcastle, and am involved with design and analysis of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a large-scale cohort study which is tracking the health and wellbeing of more than 55,000 Australian women. I also have extensive experience in the design and analysis of randomised clinical trials, having worked for 10 years in clinical trials in the areas of oncology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neonatal research. I have expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology and research design. 

Teaching Expertise

I currently co-supervise three PhD students and am a statistical advisor to other RHD students. I have been involved with the teaching of biostatistics in Australia through the Biostatistical Collaboration of Australia (BCA), which is an advanced master’s program in biostatistics. I have coordinated a master’s level course on clinical trials methods for the Master of Public Health program at Sydney University, and have tutored biostatistics within the MPH and MClinEpi courses at Sydney University, as well as lectured within the Basic Sciences of Oncology program (Cancer Institute NSW). 


Collaborations
My primary work is involved with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, contributing expertise on research design, methodology, analysis and longitudinal studies.

Committee Memberships

  • Australian Longitudinal Study for Women’s Health (ALSWH)  - Data Management Committee (2010 – present), Data Linkage Committee (2013-present).
  • Trans Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) - Independent Data Safety Monitoring Committee (IDSMC) (June 2015 – present)
  • Australian Placental Transfusion Study  (APTS)  – Trial Management Committee member (2010 to present)
  • PRIV-IX COMBO Study – Data and Safety Monitoring Board (2010 to present)
  • Outback Study - Data Safety and Monitoring Committee (2013 to present)
  • Polypill Study  - Trial Management Committee (2006 to 2011)
  • LACE Study – trial design and statistical consultant (2004 to 2010)

Contribution to Professional Community

  • Invited faculty member for the Australian & Asia Pacific Oncology Research Development (ACORD) Workshops  -  2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
  • Invited lecturer for the Basic Sciences of Oncology lecture series - 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, & 2003
  • Journal reviewer for: JAMA Oncology, ANZ Journal of Surgery, BMC Public Health, International Journal of Ageing and Society, Birth, Medical Journal of Australia, ANZ J Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Qualifications

  • Master of Biostatistics, University of Sydney
  • Bachelor of Science, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Griffith University
  • Master of Public Health, University of Queensland

Keywords

  • Biostatistics
  • clinical trials design
  • cohort studies
  • health research
  • life course epidemiology
  • longitudinal methods
  • longitudinal studies
  • population health
  • research design
  • research methodology

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
010402 Biostatistics 50
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Medicine and Public Health
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1999 - 1/01/2010 Statistician The University of Sydney
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre
Australia
1/11/1994 - 1/12/1998 Research Assistant Queensland Institute of Medical Research
Population Health Research Department
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (41 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Hubbard IJ, Vo K, Forder PM, Byles JE, 'Stroke, physical function, and death over a 15-year period in older Australian women', Stroke, 47 1060-1067 (2016)

© 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.Background and Purpose-As populations age, an increasing number of older women are living with stroke. This study looks at long-term outcom... [more]

© 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.Background and Purpose-As populations age, an increasing number of older women are living with stroke. This study looks at long-term outcomes for women with stroke, comparing mortality rates for women with poor physical function (PF) and those with higher levels of function. The purpose is to understand not only how long women might live after a stroke, but also how long they live with physical disability. Methods-The study uses 15 years of data on women from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health 1921 to 1926 cohort. The risk of stroke and the risk of stroke and poor PF were estimated using Cox proportional hazard model. Among women who reported a stroke during the study period, mortality risk was compared according to their physical functioning level after that stroke. Results-Almost half of the women who had a stroke and poor PF survived past 10 years. The 10-year mortality rate was 37% for women with stroke and adequate PF and 51% for women with stroke and poor PF at the time of the stroke (hazard rate ratio, 1.52; 95% CI, 1.18-1.95; P=0.0015 adjusting for demographic and health covariates). Conclusions-This study provides evidence of the long-term outcomes of stroke among older women, with women living for many years with poor PF. This outcome has important implications for the women's quality of life during their later years and in understanding the burden of disability associated with stroke.

DOI 10.1161/STROKEAHA.115.011456
Co-authors Isobel Hubbard, Julie Byles
2016 Joham AE, Nanayakkara N, Ranasinha S, Zoungas S, Boyle J, Harrison CL, et al., 'Obesity, polycystic ovary syndrome and breastfeeding: an observational study.', Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand, 95 458-466 (2016)
DOI 10.1111/aogs.12850
Co-authors Deborah Loxton
2016 Chojenta CL, Lucke JC, Forder PM, Loxton DJ, 'Maternal Health Factors as Risks for Postnatal Depression: A Prospective Longitudinal Study.', PLoS One, 11 e0147246 (2016)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0147246
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2016 Majeed T, Forder PM, Mishra G, Kendig H, Byles JE, 'Exploring Workforce Participation Patterns and Chronic Diseases Among Middle-Aged Australian Men and Women Over the Life Course.', J Aging Health, (2016)
DOI 10.1177/0898264316635586
Co-authors Julie Byles, Tazeen Majeed
2016 Byles JE, Vo K, Forder PM, Thomas L, Banks E, Rodgers B, Bauman A, 'Gender, mental health, physical health and retirement: A prospective study of 21,608 Australians aged 55-69 years', Maturitas, 87 40-48 (2016)

© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.Objectives We examined retirement transitions by gender, and different associations between retirement, physical function and men... [more]

© 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.Objectives We examined retirement transitions by gender, and different associations between retirement, physical function and mental health. Methods Data for 21,608 participants aged 55-69 from the 45 and Up Study were used. Generalised estimating equations were used to investigate longitudinal associations between retirement with psychological distress (Kessler score, K10) and physical dysfunction across two time points, by gender separately. Results Retirement in men was associated with a 25% relative increase in mean physical dysfunction score (p < 0.001) and a 2% relative increase in mean K10 score (p = 0.004), although men with high physical dysfunction score had a 6% increase in mean K10 score (p = 0.005) if retired. For women, retirement was associated with a 17% increase in mean physical dysfunction score (p < 0.001), with no association observed with the K10 score. Results were adjusted for demographic and health covariates. Conclusion Retirement is associated with physical dysfunction over time. Retirement is not associated with psychological distress among women, but retirement is associated with psychological distress among men who have a high level of physical dysfunction. The findings point to the importance of attending to the physical and mental health needs, around the retirement period, particularly for men with poor physical health.

DOI 10.1016/j.maturitas.2016.02.011
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Majeed T, Forder P, Mishra G, Byles J, 'Women, Work, and Illness: A Longitudinal Analysis of Workforce Participation Patterns for Women Beyond Middle Age.', J Womens Health (Larchmt), 24 455-465 (2015) [C1]
DOI 10.1089/jwh.2014.5009
Co-authors Tazeen Majeed, Julie Byles
2015 Vo K, Forder PM, Tavener M, Rodgers B, Banks E, Bauman A, Byles JE, 'Retirement, age, gender and mental health: Findings from the 45 and Up Study', Aging and Mental Health, 19 647-657 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Taylor & Francis.Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 years. ... [more]

© 2014 Taylor & Francis.Objectives: To examine the relationships of retirement and reasons for retirement with psychological distress in men and women at the age of 45-79 years. Method: Data from 202,584 Australians participating in the large-scale 45 and Up Study was used. Psychological distress was measured by the Kessler psychological distress scale. Associations between different work status and reasons for retirement with psychological distress were assessed for men and women at different ages using logistic regression. Results: Being fully retired or unemployed was associated with the high levels of psychological distress compared to being in paid work for men and women aged 45-64 (p < 0.0001), and for men aged 65-74 years (p = 0.0014). At the age of 75-79 years, there was no difference in psychological distress between different work statuses. Among retirees, retirement due to ill health, being made redundant or caring duty was associated with the high level of psychological distress. Conclusion: The association between work and mental health underscores the importance of policies and strategies to encourage and enable people to continue in the workforce after age 55, particularly for men. Important reasons for retirement with worse mental health outcomes include redundancy, ill health and needing to care for family or a friend. These circumstances will affect whether a person can continue working and their risk of poor mental health, and both considerations should be addressed in developing approaches for maintaining older workers or assisting them with their retirement transition.

DOI 10.1080/13607863.2014.962002
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Meredith Tavener, Julie Byles
2015 Majeed T, Forder P, Mishra G, Kendig H, Byles J, 'A gendered approach to workforce participation patterns over the life course for an Australian baby boom cohort', Journal of Vocational Behavior, 87 108-122 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Elsevier Inc.Population ageing and its future implications for governments and individuals have been central to much policy debate and research targeted to retain older pe... [more]

© 2014 Elsevier Inc.Population ageing and its future implications for governments and individuals have been central to much policy debate and research targeted to retain older people in the workforce. This study identified workforce participation patterns across the adult life course for women and men entering later life, and explored the influences of various early and adult life socio-demographic circumstances. Data were collected from 1261 men and women aged 60 to 64. years in the Life History and Health (LHH) Survey (a sub-study of the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study, Australia) in 2010-11. LHH provides detailed information on personal histories of paid work, socio-economic resources from childhood (number of books and father's occupation) and adult life factors such as educational attainment, marital histories, childcare and informal caring. Latent class analysis (LCA) was undertaken to identify patterns of workforce participation for participants across their adult life. Significant gender differences were confirmed. Further analysis (LCA with covariates) showed that women who reported having books during childhood, and those who had post-school qualification, were more likely to have mostly been in paid work and less likely to have not been in paid work; while ever partnered women had significantly higher odds of increasing part time work over time. Men who had reported ever having had informal caring activities were likely to have had decreasing participation in paid work over time, and were highly likely to be not in paid work after 55. years. Ever partnered status was protective for being in paid work for men. These findings indicate the need for gender-specific policies and strategies to enable continued workforce participation throughout adult life and into later working years, particularly for people who had fewer social or economic opportunities earlier in life.

DOI 10.1016/j.jvb.2014.12.004
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles, Tazeen Majeed
2015 Baker J, Janda M, Gebski V, Forder P, Hogg R, Manolitsas T, Obermair A, 'Lower preoperative quality of life increases postoperative risk of adverse events in women with endometrial cancer: Results from the LACE trial', Gynecologic Oncology, 137 102-105 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Objective. To examine the association between preoperative quality of life (QoL) and postoperative adverse events in women treated for en... [more]

© 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.Objective. To examine the association between preoperative quality of life (QoL) and postoperative adverse events in women treated for endometrial cancer. Methods. 760womenwith apparent Stage I endometrial cancerwere randomised into a clinical trial evaluating laparoscopic versus open surgery. This analysis includeswomen with preoperative QoLmeasurements, from the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) questionnaire, andwho were followed up for at least 6 weeks after surgery (n= 684). The outcomes for this study were defined as (1) the occurrence of moderate to severe adverse events within 6 months (Common Toxicology Criteria (CTC) grade =3); and (2) any serious adverse event (SAE). The association between preoperative QoL and the occurrence of AEwas examined, after controlling for baseline comorbidity and other factors. Results. After adjusting for other factors, odds of occurrence of AE of CTC grade =3 were significantly increased with each unit decrease in baseline FACT-G score (OR = 1.02, 95% CI 1.00-1.03, p = 0.030), which was driven by physical well-being (PWB) (OR = 1.09, 95% CI 1.04-1.13, p = 0.0002) and functional wellbeing subscales (FWB) (OR=1.04, 95% CI 1.00-1.07, p=0.035). Similarly, odds of SAE occurrence were significantly increased with each unit decrease in baseline FACT-G score (OR = 1.02, 95% CI 1.01-1.04, p = 0.011), baseline PWB (OR = 1.11, 95% CI 1.06-1.16, p < 0.0001) or baseline FWB subscales (OR = 1.05, 95% CI 1.01- 1.10, p = 0.0077). Conclusion. Women with early endometrial cancer presenting with lower QoL prior to surgery are at higher risk of developing a serious adverse event following surgery. Funding. Cancer Council Queensland, Cancer Council NewSouthWales, Cancer Council Victoria, Cancer Council, Western Australia; NHMRC project grant 456110; Cancer Australia project grant 631523; The Women and Infants Research Foundation, Western Australia; Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation; Wesley Research Institute; Gallipoli Research Foundation; Gynetech; TYCO Healthcare, Australia; Johnson and Johnson Medical, Australia; Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer; Genesis Oncology Trust; and Smart Health Research Grant QLD Health.

DOI 10.1016/j.ygyno.2015.02.008
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2015 Gresham E, Forder P, Chojenta CL, Byles JE, Loxton DJ, Hure AJ, 'Agreement between self-reported perinatal outcomes and administrative data in New South Wales, Australia', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15 (2015) [C1]

© 2015 Gresham et al.Background: Many epidemiological studies that focus on pregnancy rely on maternal self-report of perinatal outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate th... [more]

© 2015 Gresham et al.Background: Many epidemiological studies that focus on pregnancy rely on maternal self-report of perinatal outcomes. The aim of this study was to evaluate the agreement between self-reported perinatal outcomes (gestational hypertension with or without proteinuria, gestational diabetes, premature birth and low birth weight) in a longitudinal study and linked to administrative data (medical records). Methods: Self-reported survey data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health was linked with the New South Wales Perinatal Data Collection. Agreement between the two sources was evaluated using percentage agreement and kappa statistics. Analyses were conducted at two levels by: i) the mother and ii) each individual child. Results: Women reliably self-report their perinatal outcomes (=87 % agreement). Gestational hypertension with or without proteinuria had the lowest level of agreement. Mothers' reports of perinatal outcomes were more reliable when evaluated by child. Restricting the analysis to complete and consistent reporting further strengthened the reliability of the child-specific data, increasing the agreement from >92 to >95 % for all outcomes. Conclusions: The present study offers a high degree of confidence in the use of maternal self-reports of the perinatal outcomes gestational hypertension, gestational diabetes, preterm birth and low birth weight in epidemiological research, particularly when reported on a per child basis. Furthermore self-report offers a cost-effective and convenient method for gathering detailed maternal perinatal histories.

DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0597-x
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton, Julie Byles, Alexis Hure
2015 Byles JE, Leigh L, Vo K, Forder P, Curryer C, 'Life space and mental health: A study of older community-dwelling persons in Australia', Aging and Mental Health, 19 98-106 (2015) [C1]

© 2014 Taylor & Francis.Objectives: The ability of older people to mobilise within and outside their community is dependent on a number of factors. This study explored the relati... [more]

© 2014 Taylor & Francis.Objectives: The ability of older people to mobilise within and outside their community is dependent on a number of factors. This study explored the relationship between spatial mobility and psychological health among older adults living in Australia.Methods: The survey sample consisted of 260 community-dwelling men and women aged 75-80 years, who returned a postal survey measuring spatial mobility (using the Life Space Questionnaire) and psychological health (using the SF36 Health Related Quality of Life Profile). From the Life Space Questionnaire, participants were given a life-space score and multinomial regression was used to explore the potential effect of mental health on life-space score.Results: The study found a significant association between mental health and life space. However, gender, physical functioning, and ability to drive were most strongly associated with the extent of life space and spatial mobility. Compared to men, older women are more likely to experience less spatial mobility and restricted life space, and hence are more vulnerable to social isolation.Conclusion: Mental health and life space were associated for the older people in this study. These findings have important implications for health policy and highlight the need to support older persons to maintain independence and social networks, and to successfully age in place within their community. This study also highlights the utility of the Life Space Questionnaire in terms of identifying older persons at risk of poorer mental health.

DOI 10.1080/13607863.2014.917607
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Alsalami MO, Forder PM, Milton AH, McEvoy MA, Byles JE, 'Associations Between Medication Use and Mental Health in Older Women: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of 5,502 Women Aged 76 to 81.', J Am Geriatr Soc, 63 1254-1255 (2015) [C3]
DOI 10.1111/jgs.13497
Co-authors Julie Byles, Mark Mcevoy, Milton Hasnat
2014 Chojenta C, Harris S, Reilly N, Forder P, Austin MP, Loxton D, 'History of pregnancy loss increases the risk of mental health problems in subsequent pregnancies but not in the postpartum', PLoS ONE, 9 (2014) [C1]

While grief, emotional distress and other mental health conditions have been associated with pregnancy loss, less is known about the mental health impact of these events during su... [more]

While grief, emotional distress and other mental health conditions have been associated with pregnancy loss, less is known about the mental health impact of these events during subsequent pregnancies and births. This paper examined the impact of any type of pregnancy loss on mental health in a subsequent pregnancy and postpartum. Data were obtained from a sub-sample (N = 584) of the 1973-78 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a prospective cohort study that has been collecting data since 1996. Pregnancy loss was defined as miscarriage, termination due to medical reasons, ectopic pregnancy and stillbirth. Mental health outcomes included depression, anxiety, stress or distress, sadness or low mood, excessive worry, lack of enjoyment, and feelings of guilt. Demographic factors and mental health history were controlled for in the analysis. Women with a previous pregnancy loss were more likely to experience sadness or low mood (AOR = 1.75, 95% CI: 1.11 to 2.76, p = 0.0162), and excessive worry (AOR = 2.01, 95% CI: 1.24 to 3.24, p = 0.0043) during a subsequent pregnancy, but not during the postpartum phase following a subsequent birth. These results indicate that while women who have experienced a pregnancy loss are a more vulnerable population during a subsequent pregnancy, these deficits are not evident in the postpartum. © 2014 Chojenta et al.

DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0095038
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2014 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder PM, Powers J, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Risky drinking patterns are being continued into pregnancy: a prospective cohort study.', PLoS One, 9 e86171 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0086171
Citations Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Amy Anderson, Alexis Hure, Jenny Powers
2014 Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Austin MP, 'The impact of routine assessment of past or current mental health on help-seeking in the perinatal period', Women and Birth, (2014) [C1]

Background: Clinical practice guidelines now recommend that women be asked about their past or current mental health as a routine component of maternity care. However, the value o... [more]

Background: Clinical practice guidelines now recommend that women be asked about their past or current mental health as a routine component of maternity care. However, the value of this line of enquiry in increasing engagement with support services, as required, remains controversial. Aim: The current study aimed to examine whether assessment of past or current mental health, received with or without referral for additional support, is associated with help-seeking during pregnancy and the postpartum. Methods: A subsample of women drawn from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (young cohort) who reported experiencing significant emotional distress during pregnancy (N = 398) or in the 12 months following birth (N = 380) participated in the study. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that women who were not asked about their emotional health were less likely to seek any formal help during both pregnancy (adjOR = 0.09, 95%CI: 0.04-0.24) and the postpartum (adjOR = 0.07, 95%CI: 0.02-0.13), as were women who were asked about these issues but who were not referred for additional support (antenatal: adjOR = 0.26, 95%CI: 0.15-0.45; postnatal: adjOR = 0.14, 95%CI: 0.07-0.27). However, considerable levels of consultation with general practitioners, midwives and child health nurses, even in the absence of referral, were evident. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that enquiry by a health professional about women's past or current mental health is associated with help-seeking throughout the perinatal period. The clinical and resource implications of these findings for the primary health care sector should be considered prior to the implementation of future routine perinatal depression screening or psychosocial assessment programmes. © 2014 Australian College of Midwives.

DOI 10.1016/j.wombi.2014.07.003
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2014 Majeed T, Forder PM, Byles J, 'Employment Status and Chronic Diseases: A Cross-sectional Study among 60¿64 Year-old Men and Women', The International Journal of Aging and Society, 3 33-43 (2014) [C1]
Co-authors Julie Byles, Tazeen Majeed
2014 Kendig H, Byles JE, O'Loughlin K, Nazroo JY, Mishra G, Noone J, et al., 'Adapting data collection methods in the Australian Life Histories and Health Survey: a retrospective life course study', BMJ OPEN, 4 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004476
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2013 Loxton D, Powers J, Fitzgerald D, Forder P, Anderson A, Taft A, Hegarty K, 'The Community Composite Abuse Scale: Reliability and Validity of a Measure of Intimate Partner Violence in a Community Survey from the ALSWH', Journal of Women's Health, Issues & Care, 2 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.4172/2325-9795.1000115
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Jenny Powers, Amy Anderson
2013 Halland M, Koloski NA, Jones M, Byles J, Chiarelli P, Forder P, Talley NJ, 'Prevalence Correlates and Impact of Fecal Incontinence Among Older Women', DISEASES OF THE COLON & RECTUM, 56 1080-1086 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1097/DCR.0b013e31829203a9
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Pauline Chiarelli, Nicholas Talley, Julie Byles
2013 Chojenta CL, Loxton D, Lucke J, Forder P, 'A longitudinal analysis of the predictors and antecedents of postnatal depression in Australian women', Archives of Women's Mental Health, 16 (suppl 1) S111 (2013)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2013 Byles JE, Forder PM, Grulich A, Prestage G, '"It's okay to ask." Inclusion of sexual orientation questions is feasible in population health surveys', AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 37 390-391 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12090
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Julie Byles
2013 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Powers JR, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of antenatal alcohol use among Australian women: A prospective cohort study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 120 1366-1374 (2013) [C1]

Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study o... [more]

Objective To identify predictors of antenatal alcohol consumption among women who usually consume alcohol. Design Prospective cohort study. Setting Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health (ALSWH). Population or Sample A total of 1969 women sampled from the ALSWH 1973-78 cohort. Methods Women were included if they were pregnant in 2000, 2003, 2006 or 2009. The relationship between antenatal alcohol consumption and sociodemographics, reproductive health, mental health, physical health, health behaviours, alcohol guidelines and healthcare factors was investigated using a multivariate logistic regression model. Main outcome measures Alcohol use during pregnancy. Results Most (82.0%) women continued to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Women were more likely to drink alcohol during pregnancy if they had consumed alcohol on a weekly basis before pregnancy (odds ratio [OR] 1.47; 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.13-1.90), binge drank before pregnancy (OR 2.28; 95% CI 1.76-2.94), or if they were pregnant while alcohol guidelines recommended low alcohol versus abstinence (OR 1.60; 95% CI 1.26-2.03). Drinking during pregnancy was less likely if women had a Health Care Card (OR 0.63; 95% CI 0.45-0.88) or if they had ever had fertility problems (OR 0.64; 95% CI 0.48-0.86). Conclusions Most Australian women who drank alcohol continued to do so during pregnancy. Prepregnancy alcohol consumption was one of the main predictors of antenatal alcohol use. Alcohol guidelines, fertility problems and Health Care Card status also impacted antenatal alcohol consumption. © 2013 RCOG.

DOI 10.1111/1471-0528.12356
Citations Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7
Co-authors Jenny Powers, Deborah Loxton, Amy Anderson, Alexis Hure
2013 Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M, 'Disparities in reported psychosocial assessment across public and private maternity settings: a national survey of women in Australia', BMC Public Health, 13 632 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1186/1471-2458-13-632
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
2013 Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton D, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M, 'Referral for Management of Emotional Health Issues During the Perinatal Period: Does Mental Health Assessment Make a Difference?', Birth, 40 297-306 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/birt.12067
Citations Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
2012 Tonkin A, Hunt D, Voysey M, Kesaniemi A, Hamer A, Waites J, et al., 'Effects of fenofibrate on cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes, with and without prior cardiovascular disease: The Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study', AMERICAN HEART JOURNAL, 163 508-514 (2012) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.ahj.2011.12.004
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 7
2012 Nair-Shalliker V, Fenech M, Forder PM, Clements MS, Armstrong BK, 'Sunlight and vitamin D affect DNA damage, cell division and cell death in human lymphocytes: A cross-sectional study in South Australia', Mutagenesis, 27 609-614 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 4Web of Science - 2
2011 Fogarty G, Morton RL, Vardy J, Nowak AK, Mandel C, Forder PM, et al., 'Whole brain radiotherapy after local treatment of brain metastases in melanoma patients - a randomised phase III trial', BMC Cancer, 11 142 (2011) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 33Web of Science - 22
2011 Sullivan D, Forder P, Simes J, Whiting M, Kritharides L, Merrifield A, et al., 'Associations between the use of metformin, sulphonylureas, or diet alone and cardiovascular outcomes in 6005 people with type 2 diabetes in the FIELD study', DIABETES RESEARCH AND CLINICAL PRACTICE, 94 284-290 (2011) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.diabres.2011.07.028
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 6
2010 Lovell MR, Forder PM, Stockler MR, Butow P, Briganti EM, Chye R, et al., 'A randomized controlled trial of a standardized educational intervention for patients with cancer pain', Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 40 49-59 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.12.013
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 24
2006 Byth K, Cox DR, Forder PM, 'Assessing the relationship between symptoms of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and pollen counts', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Statistics, 48 417-428 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.00453.x
2006 Janda M, Gebski V, Forder PM, Jackson D, Williams G, Obermair A, 'Total laparoscopic versus open surgery for stage 1 endometrial cancer: The LACE randomized controlled trial.', Contemporary Clinical Trials, 27 353-363 (2006) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 45Web of Science - 31
2005 Forder PM, Gebski VJ, Keech AC, 'Allocation concealment and blinding: when ignorance is bliss - In reply', MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 183 166-166 (2005)
Citations Scopus - 10Web of Science - 1
2005 Forder PM, Gebski VJ, Keech AC, 'Allocation concealment and blinding: When ignorance is bliss', Medical Journal of Australia, 182 87-89 (2005) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23
2005 Keech A, Simes RJ, Barter P, Best J, Scott R, Taskinen MR, et al., 'Effects of long-term fenofibrate therapy on cardiovascular events in 9795 people with type 2 diabetes mellitus (the FIELD study): randomised controlled trial', Lancet, 366 1849-1861 (2005)
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(05)67667-2
2005 Scott R, Best J, Forder P, Taskinen M-R, Simes J, Barter P, et al., 'Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study: baseline characteristics and short-term effects of fenofibrate [ISRCTN64783481]', CARDIOVASCULAR DIABETOLOGY, 4 (2005)
DOI 10.1186/1475-2840-4-13
Citations Scopus - 58Web of Science - 14
2004 The FIELD Study Investigators, 'The need for a large-scale trial of fibrate therapy in diabetes: the rationale and design of the Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study (ISRCTN64783481)', Cardiovascular Diabetology, 3 9 (2004)
DOI 10.1186/1475-2840-3-9
2003 Hauge W, Forder PM, Simes J, Hunt D, Tonkin A, 'Effect of pravastatin on cardiovascular events and mortality in 1516 women with coronary heart disease: Results from the Long-Term Intervention with Pravastatin in Ischemic Disease (LIPID) study', American Heart Journal, 145 643-651 (2003) [C1]
DOI 10.1067/mhj.2003.1
Citations Scopus - 39Web of Science - 34
2002 Hunt D, Young P, Simes J, Hague W, Mann S, Owensby D, et al., 'Benefits of pravastatin on cardiovascular events in older patients with coronary heart disease', Cardiology Review, 19 34-37 (2002)
2001 Hunt D, Young P, Simes J, Hague W, Mann S, Owensby D, et al., 'Benefits of pravastatin on cardiovascular events and mortality in older patients with coronary heart disease are equal to or exceed those seen in younger patients: Results from the LIPID trial', Ann Intern Med, 134 931-940 (2001)
2001 Young P, Purdie D, Jackman L, Molloy D, Green A, 'A study of infertility treatment and melanoma', MELANOMA RESEARCH, 11 535-541 (2001)
DOI 10.1097/00008390-200110000-00015
Citations Scopus - 22Web of Science - 20
1999 Green A, McCredie M, MacKie R, Giles G, Young P, Morton C, et al., 'A case-control study of melanomas of the soles and palms (Australia and Scotland)', CANCER CAUSES & CONTROL, 10 21-25 (1999)
DOI 10.1023/A:1008872014889
Citations Web of Science - 51
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Conference (12 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Forder PM, O'Loughlin K, Kendig H, Byles JE, 'Does hazardous work impact later life mental health in 1261 Australian baby-boomers?' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Julie Byles
2015 Forder PM, Loh V, Kendig H, Byles JE, 'Do childhood experiences impact later life mental health in 1261 Australian baby-boomers?' (2015) [E3]
Co-authors Julie Byles
2014 Alsalami M, Forder P, Byles J, Hasnat MA, McEvoy M, 'The association between classes of different medications and mental health outcome in 5502 women aged 76-81 years old', 15th International Mental Health Conference (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Julie Byles, Milton Hasnat, Mark Mcevoy
2014 Tavener MA, Byles JE, Curryer C, Forder P, 'Applying the salutogenic model for better health outcomes in older Australian women.' (2014)
Co-authors Meredith Tavener, Julie Byles
2014 Chojenta CL, Byles J, Forder P, 'Older women's hospital service use: A longitudinal data linkage project' (2014)
Co-authors Julie Byles, Catherine Chojenta
2013 Chojenta C, Loxton DJ, Lucke J, Forder P, 'A longitudinal analysis of the predictors and antecedents of postnatal depression in Australian women', Archives of Women's Mental Health (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2013 Anderson AE, Hure AJ, Forder P, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Loxton DJ, 'Predictors of Antenatal Alcohol Consumption in Australia' (2013)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Alexis Hure, Amy Anderson
2013 Forder PM, Harris S, Reilly N, Chojenta C, Loxton D, Austin M-P, 'The issue of honesty during perinatal screening for depression and anxiety' (2013)
Co-authors Deborah Loxton, Catherine Chojenta
2013 Reilly N, Harris S, Loxton DJ, Chojenta C, Forder P, Milgrom J, Austin M-P, 'The impact of mental health assessment on help seeking during the perinatal period: A national survey of women in Australia' (2013)
Co-authors Catherine Chojenta, Deborah Loxton
2011 Moores C, O'Callaghan N, Donoghoe M, Forder PM, Armstrong B, Fenech M, 'The effect of a micronutrient supplement on telomere length', Australasian Medical Journal (2011) [E3]
2011 Koloski NA, Jones M, Gill RS, Forder PM, Talley NJ, 'Long term risk factors for the development of constipation in older community dwelling women', Gastroenterology: DDW 2011 Abstracts (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Nicholas Talley
2011 Halland M, Koloski NA, Jones M, Byles JE, Chiarelli PE, Forder PM, Talley NJ, 'Modifiable risk factors associated with faecal incontinence in older community dwelling women', Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2011) [E3]
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2011.06826.x
Co-authors Julie Byles, Pauline Chiarelli, Nicholas Talley
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 5
Total funding $3,481,061

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20161 grants / $295,674

Long-term follow-up of the Laparoscopic Approach to Carcinoma of the Endometrium (LACE) Trial – survival outcomes$295,674

Several years ago the LACE trial was started, comparing Total Abdominal Hysterectomy (TAH) with Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy (TLH) among a total of 760 patients with Endometrial Cancer (EC). LACE was originally funded by NHMRC 2007-09 [456110] and Cancer Australia 2010-12 [631523] and has fulfilled its initial objectives. We demonstrated that TLH significantly improved postoperative recovery (better short-term quality of life (QOL); reduced complication rates); and is cost effective when compared to TAH. LACE results were recognised nationally and internationally. In the initial trial proposal, it was indicated that further funds would be sought to assess the project’s primary outcome of disease-free survival at 4½ years. 

This current funding allows support for the planned survival follow up, securing optimal return on NHMRC’s and Cancer Australia's original investment.  This funding ensures timely evaluation of the primary hypothesis of the overall trial: that survival of patients receiving TLH is equivalent to those patients receiving TAH. 

Primary Aim 1. Investigate if women randomised to TLH will have at least equivalent overall and disease free survival 4 ½ years after surgery compared to patients randomised to TAH.

We will also plan to address three additional & relevant research objectives:
Aim 2. Describe the pelvic floor wellbeing in women before surgery compared to 4 ½ years after surgery, and examine if there is a clinically important difference between treatment arms.
Aim 3. Describe the long-term QoL and lifestyle status (including BMI, physical activity, diet) of EC patients 5 to 10 years after surgery, and examine if there are differences between randomised treatment arms.
Aim 4. Explore the patients’ views on the motivators and barriers to lifestyle changes or persistent lifestyle detriments in EC patients and how they believe these can be improved.

Funding body: Cancer Australia

Funding body Cancer Australia
Project Team

Andreas Obermair, Monika Janda, Peta Forder

Scheme Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20152 grants / $93,024

House and Home: Pathways and alternatives to residential aged care for older Australian women$91,024

Funding body: IRT (Illawarra Retirement Trust)

Funding body IRT (Illawarra Retirement Trust)
Project Team Professor Julie Byles, Associate Professor Deirdre McLaughlin, Mrs Peta Forder, Associate Professor Deb Loxton
Scheme Research Foundation Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2016
GNo G1400841
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Society for Longitudinal and Life-course Studies, Dublin Ireland, 18-21 October 2015$2,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Health and Medicine
Project Team Mrs Peta Forder
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo G1501126
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $2,696,700

Should very premature babies receive a placental transfusion at birth? A randomised controlled trial. (Australian Placental Transfusion Study)$2,696,700

The Australian Placental Transfusion Study (APTS) will enrol women who will give birth to babies born less than 30 weeks of gestation. These participants will be randomly assigned to either standard treatment where the umbilical cord is clamped within 10 seconds of birth or a second method where the umbilical cord will be clamped after waiting for 60 seconds or more at birth while the baby is being held below the level of the placenta. Waiting for 60 seconds is called placental transfusion. 

The two arms of the trial comprise:

(a) early cord clamping within 10 seconds (which is the control arm)

(b) deferred cord clamping (for 60 seconds or more)

The main research question is whether placental transfusion reduces death and disability when (1) the baby is discharged from hospital and (2) into childhood.

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team

Tarnow-Mordi, William; Evens, Nick; Newnham, John; Osborn, David; Isaacs, David; Simmer, Karen; Morris, Jonathan; Hague, Wendy; Forder, Peta; Kluckow, Martin; Lui, Kei; Reynolds, Graham; Duley, Lelie; Marlow, Neil

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20071 grants / $395,663

A polypill to prevent genome damage$395,663

A 'proof of concept' pilot study to investigate whether a dietary supplement has an effect on gene damage.

Funding body: NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)

Funding body NHMRC (National Health & Medical Research Council)
Project Team

Armstrong, Bruce; Fenech, Michael; Forder, Peta

Scheme Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current2

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.45

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2013 PhD Asthma Quality Care in Australian Older Women
PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2011 PhD Medications Use and Mental Health Outcome
PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2016 PhD Workforce Participation Patterns Over the Life Course and the Association With Chronic Diseases - A Gendered Approach
PhD (Gender & Health), Faculty of Health and Medicine, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
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Mrs Peta Forder

Positions

Academic Statistician
Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Casual Academic
Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing
School of Medicine and Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Email peta.forder@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4042 0676

Office

Room Workstation 114, Level 4, HMRI Building
Building Hunter Medical Research Institute (John Hunter Hospital Campus)
Location John Hunter Hospital Campus

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